Create disruptive applications using bitcoin and/or the blockchain

The CCN is hosting a month-long hackathon, the Borderless Block Party, for current high school and undergraduate students aimed at creating the next generation of solutions utilizing both bitcoin and blockchain technologies. The event starts Nov 1st and ends the 30th.

 

Why are we doing this?

The last decade has seen the rise of remarkable new decentralized technologies that both, eradicate barriers and empower individuals. Today anyone can create anything in collaboration with anyone around the globe, thanks to these new technologies. We want to display these amazing technologies with the Borderless Block Party and show to the world what the new paradigm of collaboration and production looks like. 

 

What Technologies will you use?

Apart from the obvious one (the WWW), you will be utilizing innovative new technologies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and other Blockchain related products. In addition, you are also encouraged to use alternatives to the WWW, such as IPFS. Overall, we want to engage participants of the Block Party with new and innovative technologies to help them kickstart a bright future in this space.

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Prizes

$2,500 in prizes

Grand Prize

• A 3 month membership to Barclays' rise hub and mentoring from their startup experts donated by ThinkRise.com

• $1,000 and a weeklong stay in Ibiza donated by Tally.VC and Cholergy

Runner Ups (4)

Teams that place 2-5 will get a choice of the following runner up prizes, in order of placing (2nd place gets first choice, 3rd place gets 2nd choice, etc):

1) A Jawbone Jambox, a Clef shirt, and Clef stickers donated by Clef

2) Augur shirts and bottle openers donated by Augur

3) One Free Month Silver Sponsorship to Bitcoin Wednesday

4) Ethereum shirts for the winning team donated by the Ethereum Foundation

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

You must be in high school or college/university to compete. We reserve full discretion on elgibility.

Requirements

Your application must be based around permissionless, open, decentralized ledgers. You may use APIs to abstract from working directly with them (eg. using changetip for tipping). Your application must be free (as in free speech) and open source software and licensed accordingly.

GNU: A program is free software if the program's users have the four essential freedoms:

  • Freedom 0: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • Freedom 1: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose.
  • Freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
  • Freedom 3: The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

We reserve full discretion on whether a project meets these guidelines.

How to enter

  1. Sign up the competition through Devpost
  2. Visit hackcollegecrypto.com and join the slack channel
  3. Find a team and submit an abstract of what you wish to do on Nov 1st.

Judges

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum

Piotr Piasecki

Piotr Piasecki
Chief Scientist at Provable

Mason Borda

Mason Borda
Software Engineer at BitGo

Will Pangman

Will Pangman
AirBitz

Judging Criteria

  • Feasibility
    How feasible it is to actually implement something like this in large scale
  • Uniqueness
    If the idea and product is completely novel or something rehashed that already exists
  • Implementation and Execution
    How well the team has executed on their early idea and how functional their “hack” is. If it’s just a simple website that explains how it should work or if it is actually functional etc.
  • Need
    How much we need such a product in the existing environment. That means, if the product presented truly solves fundamental problems that have not been solved yet